Support » Plugin: XML Sitemap & Google News feeds » [Plugin: XML Sitemap & Google News Sitemap Feeds] Sitemaps not created

  • wpaholic


    Had been using a separate plugin for both news and google sitemaps and those generated sitemaps but the news sitemap was not indexed by Google because Google told me my URLs did not have the 3 digits in the URL. So I thought I would try an alternate plugin, both yours and Yoast’s but neither seems to generate a sitemap. Any ideas to troubleshoot? I have Quick Cache. site is aresnal insider dot com – minus the spaces.

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  • Plugin Author RavanH


    OK looking at your site, I see no proof of my plugin being activated. You should at least have two xml sitemaps available. A regular one on /?feed=sitemap and a xml news map on /?feed=sitemap-news

    If you are sure you have activated the plugin, you might try to resave your Permalink structure…

    After that, you will need to remove the physical files called sitemap.xml and sitemap-news.xml (plus maybe the versions with .gz behind their names) and if there is a robots.txt file in your site root, you will need to remove that as well.

    My plugin will not (re)create any of these files but they will be dynamically served just like normal feeds.



    I will try again. I had your plugin loaded and not only did I not see the files in my directory but my articles were not appearing in Google news. For a news site would you suggest a permalink structure like /%postname%/%post_id%/ ? I will change the permalinks and try again with your plugin. Thanks & happy holidays!

    Plugin Author RavanH


    If, after activating the plugin (with whatever non/permalink structure you choose) there is no /index.php?feed=sitemap available and you get to see a message saying ‘ERROR: sitemap is not a valid feed template’, there is something wrong… Check the error logs to see if you can find related messages.

    About the permalink structure: in my view, it really does not matter which permalink structure you choose. Why not just the usual one with the date in it? The days that Google took notice of how near the title terms were to the top level domain name in the URL (closer to the beginning meant higher importance) have long gone. It’s more about linking now anyway. Your latest news needs to be linked to directly from the home page 🙂

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